- Polio vaccinators make significant headway in Nigeria
- Giving voice to those who might otherwise live in a silent world
- Drug wars, financial setbacks no match for Mexico clinic
- Family health days help 250,000 in Africa
- Learn more about our efforts to end polio
- Browse Rotary Showcase for member projects helping to fight disease
- Find a project to sponsor on Rotary Ideas
- Contact our manager for disease prevention and treatment
Four months of this Rotary year have gone already and this month we will celebrate our own charity – The Rotary Foundation, which transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
I hope to see many Rotarians, partners and friends at our Gala Celebration of The Rotary Foundation on 26th November at the Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham.
I know it will be a great night, so get a table together and book in now!
End Polio now!!!
Joyramkura is a ‘village’ in the very North of Bangladesh about 7 kms South of the Indian border near the Garo hills in the Haluaghat region some 175 kms North of Dhaka. It is part of a large, extremely populous but very poor rural area and therefore the hospital, which was built by the Australian Baptist Missionary Society and opened its doors in February 1964 but is now run as part of the Garo Baptist Convention and their Community Health Project (which also educates the local people in areas such as hygiene, microfinance and other life skills), caters for the very poor members of the community, many of whom have little or no ability to pay for services. The majority of people in these areas are marginal farmers, sharecroppers and field laborers. A few people live by small trade and also a few by service. Cooking for inpatients is done by family members in the hospital grounds and conditions in the hospital itself are very basic although everything possible is done for those who need help.
In the area the maternal mortality rate is 440 per 100,000 live births and the infant mortality rate per 1000 live births is 57. Two third of the children are malnourished, 52.20% of the children suffer from chronic malnutrition and 8% suffer from acute malnutrition. Still 55% of the populations do not use sanitary latrines